• This item is available for preorder. The estimated ship date is November 2018. For your early order now, you receive a 10% preorder discount.

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    The CITADEL is a minimal utilitarian pack made for urban lifestyles.

    The clean modern aesthetic and premium performance textiles are right at home in the city, and the airflow back panel, 3D shoulder straps & IPX-06 waterproof rated construction make it clear that this pack can go anywhere.

    We offer the CITADEL in two variants : MINIMAL and MODULAR. The CITADEL MINIMAL is a sleek, discreet, minimal urban backpack. The CITADEL MODULAR is a pack system that adapts on the fly, adjusting to your daily needs.

    Whether you’re headed to the city streets, or halfway around the world, Black Ember keeps you in performance comfort and your gear fully protected.


    The CITADEL MINIMAL is a sleek, minimal, urban backpack, featuring our latest performance textile : the 900-Denier 3-Layer Micro-Hex in Deep Black. This textile is specified to reduce reflection and keep you stealthy. Our proprietary laser-cut and bonded construction yields an IPX-06 waterproof rating. This means that it’s built to stay dry even when sprayed with a 1,000 PSI water jet.

    We leverage technical fit and functional knowledge from our outdoor performance design legacy to give the CITADEL great support, comfort & balance, even under heavy loads. The CITADELS' body contoured back panel is a composite construction that maintains a shape that hugs your back. Our airflow channel funnels hot air off your back and keeps you dry. Our 3D shoulder straps are crafted from two layers of EVA foam. One maintains structure and the other creates a soft body conscious fit. Both make for a comfy ride, even when your pack is fully loaded.

    *The CITADEL PACK comes with one HANDLE. Extra SIDE HANDLES can be purchased separately. Keep two handles on your pack at all times for efficient transport in briefcase-style carry. The CITADEL PACK does not come with compression straps. Please purchase compression straps separately.


"After flying for over twenty years each week and trying a new brand approximately every year, this backpack is my personal Holy Grail of all backpacks I ever had and have. I can customize it whenever I need a different configuration. No matter if I travel with a second notebook or need an extra space for my Leica camera equipment. You did a great job and have an awesome product."

- Harald, Germany

"I use my backpack for all my business traveling. I travel almost every week for multiple days and I constantly get comments and questions about it. I managed to trim down and minimize what I take with me on my trips enough that I only bring the backpack and no other carry-on or checked luggage. I also fly on small planes and being able to take off the pouches to fit in the small overhead compartments is a great thing. Once I get to my destination, I take off the laptop sleeve and go to my meetings with the sleeve only."

- Derek, USA

"This pack has been with me in a lot of travels. California, North Carolina, Boston, Austin, Jamaica, Canada (in a blizzard), Ukraine, and Denmark. I've packed it with 15" Retina Macbook Pro's and my new ultra light Macbook. Tools, boxes, cameras, and more have all lived in this backpack. In the car, on the bus, the train, the ferry. The customizing from day to day is easy. Every one I show the pouch switching to is blown away."

Xander, USA

"I had searched high and low for over six months to find a backpack that would 'tick all the boxes'. I purchased my pack over six months ago and it has not let me down. The main advantage is the flexibility of configuration. I travel for work and pleasure and this pack fits all my needs. Business: I cycle to work. It is weatherproof, accepts bike lock mount and rear lights easily. Neatly fits my business clothes, ready to change on arrival at the office, crease free. A must is the laptop sleeve, love it. Recreation: We hike and camp. We used it for an extended weekend Euro train backpacking. Had multiple comments of praise from other European travelers & store owners where they could get one from!"

- Anthony, USA